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The definitive introduction to Islam, its culture, and peoples, from the world's #1 foremost authority: Bernard Lewis.

  • What Islam really teaches about God, humanity, jihad, tolerance, women, democracy, economics, terrorism, and more.
  • By the legendary author of two New York Times best-sellers on Islam and the clash of civilizations: The Crisis of Islam, and What Went Wrong?
  • Has earned endorsements across the political spectrum, from the Muslim Brothers to Shimon Peres to Henry Kissinger.
  • Description

    • Copyright 2009
    • Dimensions: 6x9
    • Pages: 256
    • Edition: 1st
    • Book
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-223085-2
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-223085-8
    • eBook (Watermarked)
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-715493-3
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-715493-7

    Praise for Bernard Lewis

    "For newcomers to the subject[el]Bernard Lewis is the man."

    TIME Magazine

    “The doyen of Middle Eastern studies."

    The New York Times

    “No one writes about Muslim history with greater authority, or intelligence, or literary charm.”

    British historian Hugh Trevor-Roper

    “Bernard Lewis has no living rival in his field.”

    Al Ahram, Cairo (the most influential Arab world newspaper)

    "When it comes to Islamic studies, Bernard Lewis is the father of us all. With brilliance, integrity, and extraordinary mastery of languages and sources, he has led the way for[el]investigators seeking to understand the Muslim world."

    National Review

    "Bernard Lewis combines profound depth of scholarship with encyclopedic knowledge of the Middle East and, above all, readability."

    Daily Telegraph (London)

    "Lewis speaks with authority in prose marked by lucidity, elegance, wit and force."

    Newsday (New York)

    "Lewis' style is lucid, his approach, objective."

    Philadelphia Inquirer

    "Lewis writes with unsurpassed erudition and grace."

    Washington Times

    An objective, easy-to-read introduction to Islam by Bernard Lewis, one of the West’s leading experts on Islam

    For many people, Islam remains a mystery. Here Bernard Lewis and Buntzie Ellis Churchill examine Islam: what its adherents believe and how their religion has shaped them, their rich and diverse cultures, and their politics over more than 14 centuries. Considered one of the West’s leading experts on Islam, Lewis, with Churchill, has written an illuminating introduction for those who want to understand the faith and the global challenges it confronts and presents. Whatever your political, personal, or religious views, this book will help you understand Islam’s reality.

    Lewis and Churchill answer questions such as...

    • How does Islam differ from Judaism and Christianity?

    • What are the pillars of the Islamic faith?

    • What does Islam really say about peace and jihad?

    • How does the faith regard non-Muslims?

    • What are the differences between Sunni and Shi’a?

    • What does Islam teach about the position of women in society?

    • What does Islam say about free enterprise and profit?

    • What caused the rise of radical Islam?

    • What are the problems facing Muslims in the U.S. and Europe and what are the challenges posed by those minorities?

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    Diversity and Tolerance in Islam

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    Table of Contents

                Preface  xv

                Introduction  1

    Chapter 1        The Faith and the Faithful  7

    Chapter 2        The Pillars of the Faith  13

    Chapter 3        Scripture, Tradition and Law  25

    Chapter 4        The Mosque  39

    Chapter 5        Diversity and Tolerance  51

    Chapter 6        Sunni, Shi‘a and Others  61

    Chapter 7        Some History  71

    Chapter 8        Government and Opposition  81

    Chapter 9        Wider World of Islam  91

    Chapter 10      Islam and the Economy  97

    Chapter 11      Women in Islam  111

    Chapter 12      Dress  127

    Chapter 13      Language and Writing   137

    Chapter 14      War and Peace  145

    Chapter 15      Radical Islam  155

                Conclusion  165

                Appendix: Some Practical Matters  169

                Terms and Topics  179

                Index  225

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